Guide to the Frederic G. Cassidy papers and sound recordings concerning Jamaican language, 1951-1991
NAA.2008-22
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.2008-22
Creators:
Cassidy, Frederic Gomes, 1907-
Dates:
1951 -1991
bulk 1951-1952
Languages:
Multiple languages
Jamaican; Creole; English
Physical Description:
15 sound tape reels
1 linear foot
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
The Frederic G. Cassidy papers contain sound recordings and partial transcriptions; drafts of manuscripts and conference papers; and one map, all relating to his work on Jamaican and Creole lanugages.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Of primary interest in the Frederic G. Cassidy papers are his 1952 sound recordings of everyday Jamaican people. The recordings are itemized and described according to a typed inventory found among the papers. There are partial handwritten notes and transcriptions of some of the recordngs as well as a map of Jamaica which Cassidy used in his field work. The papers also contain drafts of articles and conference papers on Jamiacan and Creole languages. It is not clear which, if any, of these drafts were published.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Frederic Gomes Cassidy (1907-2000) was a Jamaican-born lexicographer who is best known as a long time editor and director of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) Project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was a professor of English. In 1951 Cassidy received a Fullbright Research Fellowship to go back to Jamaica to interview people about their daily lives. These recordings became the source for
Jamaica Talk
(1961) and the
Dictionary of Jamaican English
(1967) which he co-authored with R.B.LePage.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed and encoded by Daisy Njoku 2017.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Daisy Njoku
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
This collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Claire M. Cassidy and Michael Cassidy in 2008.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Manuscript 2008-22 Frederic G. Cassidy papers concerning Jamaican language, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access note
The Frederic G. Cassidy papers and sound recordings are open for research. Access to the Frederic G. Cassidy papers and sound recordings requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Related Archival Materials note
Digital surrogates of the sound recordings are also held by the Dictionary of American Regional English at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of the West Indies Archives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Caribbean Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Creole dialects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gullah Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jamaica Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pidgin languages Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rastafari Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Phone: 301.238.1300
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